At First Methodist Conroe, our core foundation is the reality that we are followers of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection allows all people to enter a new and full life with God. We believe we continuously grow into the image of Christ through holiness of heart and life. For us, this means making weekly worship a regular part of life – for we cannot grow apart from the community of believers. It also means being part of a smaller group where we are encouraged and challenged to live fully into this life with Christ. It means living a missional life in the community – serving others in need as a sign and symbol of the reality of God at work in and through us and in the world around us.
Our understanding of who we are begins with our belief that the very core nature of God is love. All of creation is an expression of God’s love; and human beings are the unique part of that creation given the opportunity to love God in return. We believe Jesus who says, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39). We are meant to love God and love each other.
We also understand that by our very human nature, depicted vividly in the story of Adam and Eve in the very beginning of the Bible, we are prone to wander, to leave the God we love. And yet, God never abandons us. God’s love for us remains strong and constant to the point that the Word of God came and took human form in the person of Jesus. His life, death, and resurrection has taken away the sin and guilt of our human activity and given us new life as a gift. God’s pursuit of us and God’s willingness to die for us are acts of grace – God’s gift to us that we do not deserve and have not earned, yet we are freely given. Another aspect of God’s grace we embrace is the ongoing work of transforming us more and more into the image of Christ. That is not our doing but God’s doing in us. Our task is simply to open ourselves up to the working of the Spirit in us. We do that by seeking to live in holiness of heart and life – another way of saying we seek to love God deeply and love others fully.
God's Holy Word
As to our Biblical understanding, the scriptures – the Bible – contain everything we need to live into this new life. We believe it is necessary to hear the Word of God proclaimed in worship; to gather with others to engage more deeply in the truth of God found in Scripture; and to personally search, know, and live into, the truth found in both the Old and New Testaments.
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